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Mining Our Hidden Stories with Katherine Schlick Noe

April 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On Tuesday, April 5, Katherine Schlick Noe will join our Young Willamette Writers to talk about using real events from our own lives in our writing. Katherine moved across the country every four years as a child, living on Indian reservations in Washington and Oregon and near Washington, D.C.  She taught high school in eastern Washington and graduate students at Seattle University.  Now she lives, writes, and thinks up stories in the woods of Oregon’s upper Hood River Valley.  Something to Hold, her first novel, explores issues of belonging, friendship, and speaking up for justice.

Katherine has a fantastic workshop planned for our YWW’s. Here’s how she describes it:

Our lives are filled with stories — we just have to find them.  My novel, Something to Hold, is inspired by my childhood experiences living on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon.  Some people and events are based in real life.  Others are straight out of my imagination.  In this workshop, we’ll explore how to use your life — and your imagination — as springboards for writing.   If you can, come with one or two ideas from your own life that you would like to turn into living, breathing stories!

Young writers in 5th-10th grades are welcome at our meetings. Just show up on the first Tuesday of the month (September – June) at the Old Church on 11th and Clay in downtown Portland. It’s free, and we’d love to have you!


April 5, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Old Church, Portland
1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
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(503) 222-2031

Teresa Klepinger

Teresa Klepinger is the Portland Young Willamette Writers Program Leader. This is a group of young people, ages 13-18, who are passionate about writing and want to learn from authors about developing their craft. Teresa loves working with kids. She is the “Storylady” at the Sherwood Library and conducts creative writing workshops for students. Contact her.